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A Note On Irenaean Source Texts And Dates

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A precise reading of Irenaeus has become so much the easier since the careful critical editions of the Adversus haereses were completed in 1982 by Rousseau et al. for the Sources Chrétiennes. The Latin manuscripts and Greek fragments collated and compared to produce the SC Latin editions with Greek retroversion have rendered a substantially more authentic and reliable text than those of Massuet/Migne and Harvey, and the additional use of the Armenian as a reference to AH 4-5 increases still further the reliability of the SC editions. The exact dating of the Epideixis with respect to the Adversus haereses, the latter of which can be fixed to sometime within the Episcopal reign of Eleutherus in Rome (c. 175-189), remains an open question.

Keywords:Adversus haereses ; Armenian; Epideixis; Irenaeus; Latin manuscripts



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